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El Salvador: WGBS Conference Draws 100 for Expository Preaching

WGBS Mexico to El Salvador

In June, Word of Grace Biblical Seminary in Mexico hosted a conference to highlight its ministry in El Salvador, where it recently planted an extension campus. Professor Antonio Ortega, Committee Coordinator for the San Salvador extension, explained a bit about this endeavor to bring theological education to El Salvador:

“One of the biggest problems we face in Latin America is that we were cut off from the Protestant Reformation. We need to bring to Latin America the fruit of the Reformation—a rediscovery of the biblical languages, an emphasis on Scripture and expository preaching, and most of all, a correct understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Far too often, the breed of “Christianity” imported to Latin America is the false “prosperity” gospel. The message of health-and-wealth is now the message multitudes in Latin America think of when they hear the word gospel. This is why bringing historically-rooted, sound theological education to Latin America is so crucial—and this is why WGBS is doing all it can to establish this extension campus in El Salvador.

Over 100 people, mainly pastors, attended the conference. For many of them, this was their first exposure to expository preaching, and after hearing introductions on how to interpret the Bible and preach it faithfully verse-by-verse to a congregation, over half of those in attendance expressed interest in attending the seminary extension. While on American standards, fifty pastors hungry for training may not seem substantial, in the context of Latin America, this is a very significant and positive indication of the potential impact the extension can have. “Many came to me at the end of the conference,” Professor Ortega recalled, “thankful that we came and thrilled to know more. It is our heartfelt desire to share with these saints the wealth of Scripture and our rich heritage in the faith.”

Thank you for your prayers and support of Word of Grace Biblical Seminary and its extension campus in El Salvador. We pray that there will be many hearts touched, pastors equipped, and churches strengthened.

WGBS Professor Jim Dowdy with graduates of the WGBS El Salvador Extension

Graduates of the WGBS El Salvador Extension with Professor Jim Dowdy